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The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared | [Jonas Jonasson]

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

Sitting quietly in his room in an old people's home, Allan Karlsson is waiting for a party he doesn't want to begin: his one-hundredth birthday party. Escaping through his bedroom window, into the flowerbed, Allan makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several deaths, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent but very human police.
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Publisher's Summary

Sitting quietly in his room in an old people's home, Allan Karlsson is waiting for a party he doesn't want to begin: his 100th birthday party. Escaping through his bedroom window, into the flowerbed, Allan makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several deaths, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent but very human police. As his escapades unfold, Allan's earlier life is revealed, and we discover that he played a key role behind the scenes in some of the momentous events of the 20th century.

This ‘imaginative, laugh-out-loud bestseller’ (Daily Telegraph) has sold more than two million printed copies.

©2009 Jonas Jonasson (P)2012 Strathmore Publishing Ltd

What the Critics Say

“Like Forrest Gump, Allan is an innocent with the knack of being in the right place at the right time. He has had a hand in everything from the Russian revolution to Reagan's Star Wars. Like Allan, the plot is pleasingly nimble and the book's endearing charm offers a happy alternative to the more familiar Nordic noir.” (The Guardian)

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  • Jon
    6/1/14
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    "Last of the Summer Wine meets Forest Gump"
    Would you try another book written by Jonas Jonasson or narrated by Peter Kenny?

    No problem with Peter Kenny, but unlikely to try another Jonasson book.


    Would you recommend The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared to your friends? Why or why not?

    You can tell that the writer wants us to find this 'delightfully whimsical' or 'whimsically profound' or something like that, but it drags like a lead plough - or two lead ploughs, since it switches between narratives. The Zelig/Gump stuff, where the protagonist pops up at key historical moments, isn't interesting or funny and just highlights the crass amorality of its Que Sera philosophy. It's telling that the other narrative, a stupid Last of the Summer Wine crime caper, although awful, actually comes as a relief from the interminable Gumping. Most aggravating of all though is the style. Instead of writing a funny story in the first place, the writer has tried to make his narrative funny by imposing a comic device - one comic device, all the way through. Everything is couched in a prissily affected ironic understatement. The narrator uses it continually and of course every character thinks and speaks like the narrator. I think Martin Amis said somewhere that style was morality. I didn't get it till now.


    What about Peter Kenny’s performance did you like?

    No problems with the narrator - good performance throughout, though the decision to represent Swedish accents with English ones was jarring, especially when other nations retain their accents.


    Could you see The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    Only too vividly can I imagine this happening.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brian Lawrence
    5/10/14
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    "Not for me"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, I failed to see what all the fuss is about. There were a few interesting passeges when we were told about various earlier episodes of his life but the current story didn't grip me nor did I find the characters believable or interesting. I don't like giving up on a book but I did with this one.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jonas Jonasson again?

    Probably not. I thought it would be in a similar vein to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time but unfortunately that wasn't the case.


    Have you listened to any of Peter Kenny’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I thought the narration was good.


    Was The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared worth the listening time?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amanda Brooks
    4/27/14
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    "Not sure!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I just couldn't click with the narrator I did try but by the time I've got to chapter 5 I just couldn't take anymore. I felt like the narrator sounded like a news reader and kept putting me of enjoying the book. The story its self is a funny one with lots of characters, I would of loved to have finished it off but couldn't.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Benjamin
    STOKE ON TRENT, United Kingdom
    3/6/14
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    "OK for a while then just got boring"

    The story is fun for a while but then I really lost interest and just didnt care what happened to the characters. There is only so long you can suspend disbelief and this went on too long.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • lucinda
    Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
    2/11/14
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    "Great and gripping"

    Never judge a book by it title because this one is certainly worth a read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    Southampton, United Kingdom
    1/26/14
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    "Funny, easy listening with great characters"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared to be better than the print version?

    I loved the audio edition, well read and accents fitted characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How the main characters history unfolded itself.


    Which character – as performed by Peter Kenny – was your favourite?

    The 100 year old man !!


    Any additional comments?

    A brilliant creative book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ails
    UK
    1/21/14
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    "A nice story, a bit strange in the middle"

    I bought the actual book of this story and had read about half of it. As I was going on holiday I downloaded the audio version. However when I got to chapter 7/8 there was a chunk missing. Characters just appeared from nowhere without any explanation, rhymn nor reason of how they got there. I rewound it three times and listened again, thinking I might have nodded off ( a thing I quite often do) but no, Benny, the Beauty and the elephant were all there. Finished listening and quite enjoyed it, but sorry Audible the book is so much better. Narrator excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andrea
    Stratford Upon Avon, United Kingdom
    1/11/14
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    "Odd but funny"
    Would you listen to The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared again? Why?

    No, it grew on me and by the end I found it very funny and would recommend it but I think if it had been a book rather than audio I might not have persisted long enough to really get it. So once was enough.


    Have you listened to any of Peter Kenny’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No not heard him before but I liked his reading a lot.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Helen
    Stoke on Trent, United Kingdom
    12/11/13
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    "Such an unusual story"
    Would you listen to The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared again? Why?

    I found this to be a really interesting story. It is actually telling 2 parallel stories of the same mans life and they do begin to intertwine. I would read it again as I am sure I have missed elements.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters feel real within this story and you do begin to like them all and physically have to laugh out loud at their adventures.


    What about Peter Kenny’s performance did you like?

    Peter Kenny's voice is very pleasant to listen to some of the accents were very dodgy but this added to the quirkiness of the tale.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • david
    CHRISTCHURCH, United Kingdom
    12/11/13
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    "An Intriguing Read"
    Would you try another book written by Jonas Jonasson or narrated by Peter Kenny?

    I would definately try another by this author


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the100 year old man


    What about Peter Kenny’s performance did you like?

    the narration brought the characters into a colourful and vivid reality


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    Most definately


    Any additional comments?

    the twists and turns of the present and stories from the past intermingle in the vein of a modern Baron Munchousen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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